Breakfast in Madrid: the best chocolate con churros in the city!
Visiting Madrid without trying chocolate con churros at the world-famous San Ginés churrería would be like going to Seville and not seeing Plaza España! Although this is one of the oldest cafes serving hot chocolate in the city, there are plenty of other lesser-known places to discover as well. Get ready for a naughty but nice visit to the best churrerías in Madrid.
Churros, porras and lots and lots of chocolate!
After the famous cocido madrileño and calamari sandwich, another of the city’s claims to fame is chocolate con churros, for breakfast, afternoon tea or after a night on the town. With family, friends or your partner. They’re also the perfect excuse for satisfying your sweet tooth and warming yourself up from the cold. Here are our top places for chocolate con churros in Madrid. You won’t find crispier churros or more velvety chocolate anywhere else!
• La Antigua Churrería, Conde de Peñalver 32
Locals have been enjoying this amazing churrería since 1913. It owes much of its success to great-grandfather Quiroga’s family recipe passed down from generation to generation. Once you step through the door, its architecture will whisk you back to 1950s Madrid. And just wait till you see the menu… To start with, you’ll have to choose between its delicious traditional dark hot chocolate and its creamy white hot chocolate. Then, it’s time to decide what to dip: churros (classic, coated, stuffed or coated and stuffed) or porras (classic, coated or in rings). They also serve coffee and cakes and pastries, but only a fool would leave without trying their chocolate con churros!
• Chocolat Bar Madrid, Santa María 30
Right in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras in Madrid you’ll find somewhere to make any chocolate lover swoon. The Chocolat Bar’s homemade chocolate is pure heaven. And every morning they make fresh churros and porras for those who like to breakfast in traditional Madrid style. If you prefer, they also serve tea, herbal tea, coffee and homemade cakes to drive you wild. The warm, family atmosphere makes you feel like you’re having breakfast made for you at home. If you’re lucky enough to pop by at lunchtime, you can savour their delicious and reasonably priced lunch menu. Traditional during the week and more exotic at weekends. How about it?
• La Andaluza, Hernani 10
If you’re wondering where to go for breakfast in Madrid, here’s your answer! La Andaluza is one of the top churrerías in Madrid. They close at 1.30 pm, so you need to be a morning person. It’s well worth getting up for their irresistible freshly made churros and porras. Once you start dunking them in their silky hot chocolate or freshly brewed coffee, you’ll think you’re dreaming!
• Chocolatería San Ginés, Pasadizo de San Ginés 5
No list of great churrerías in Madrid would be complete without the Chocolatería San Ginés. A real classic, and probably one of the city’s main tourist attractions, it is always packed with locals and tourists alike. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it is the perfect place for satisfying chocolate con churros cravings. Its fame has spread far and wide: it now has shops in China, Japan and Colombia. A great choice if you’re in Madrid and want to try what some say are the best churros in the city. That might explain why they’ve been going strong since 1894!
• Chocolatería Valor, Postigo de San Martín 7
This famous chocolatería and churrería is right in the heart of Madrid. Their delicious selection of over 60 products is not suitable for diabetics… Make sure you try a mug of Valor hot chocolate and homemade churros, although you’ll have to decide between Mayan chocolate with cinnamon, Mediterranean chocolate with a hint of orange and white chocolate from Nepal. And then there’s their tarts, brownies, crêpes, waffles and pancakes. If that weren’t enough, you’ll also find mouth-watering slushes, smoothies, coffee, ice cream, chocolate fondues and other wonderful delights with the Valor hallmark. You’ll want to try them all!
• Chocolatería Milagros S.L, Cardenal Silíceo 3 and Benigno Soto 2
Another highly recommended churrería in Madrid, with two shops a little way out from the centre, in the Prosperidad neighbourhood. If you don’t fancy heading out there, they also deliver breakfasts and supply other businesses with their famous churros con chocolate. Like the idea of genuine churros con chocolate for breakfast without leaving your apartment in Madrid? We do!
• El brillante de Atocha, Plaza del Emperador Carlos V 8
Famous for their excellent calamari sandwich, El brillante also serves great breakfasts: homemade churros and porras in one of the oldest cafes in Madrid, right in front of Atocha railway station. It’s the perfect place if you’re just arriving or leaving! The decor will take you back to the 1980s as their calamari sandwich and churros take you straight to heaven!
• Horno de San Onofre, San Onofre 3
The original cafe opened its doors in 1972 right by Gran Vía in Madrid. It was such a runaway success that they now have several cafes in the city, famed for their churros con chocolate, traditional and stuffed croissants, rosquillas de Alcalá, torrijas, pestiños, buñuelos… As well as tarts, pastries, chocolates and all kinds of desserts, including tarta de Santiago, rice pudding, torrijas and crema catalana. Whatever you fancy, you’ll find it here!
• Los Artesanos 1902, San Martín 2
This cafe is run by one of the oldest churros families in Spain. They’ve been making homemade churros and porras with only the finest ingredients since 1902. Few recipes can match this classic. They are known to use three kinds of cocoa from South America in their hot chocolate, served with cream, on its own or with rum. We recommend trying their churros filled with Argentinean dulce de leche or gourmet vanilla cream or coated in pure chocolate. You’ll be back for more! If you’re not into churros, try their amazing pestiños or other pastries. Whatever your fancy, don’t leave the city without popping into Los Artesanos 1902.
• Tacita de Plata, Calle Mayor 31
This family-run churrería is another of the city’s attractions. With an unbeatable location, right on Calle Mayor, it is popular with a wide range of people, including vegans and those who cannot tolerate lactose. Their menu features churros bombón, churros filled with cream or dulce de leche, porras with sugar, flower-shaped fritters, crêpes, waffles… All made following family recipes over a 100 years old. They started out with a mobile churrería and now they’re among the top 10 churrerías in Madrid.
If you fancy something savoury after all that sweet food, check out our article on the top places for vermouth and appetisers in Madrid. You’re sure to find something to whet your appetite!